Move to Canada with your Family

Canada is one of the countries in the world that is considered a family-friendly nation. The Canadian government allows its citizens or permanent residents above 18 years of age to sponsor spouses, dependent children, parents, or grandparents to live with them in the country through a Canadian spouse visa.

The process of getting the spousal visa is different from other visa applications, as it has different requirements - education qualification, language proficiencies, or work experiences are not required. In this article, we will answer your question about how to apply for a Canada Spouse Visa.

There are other immigration programs under Canada immigration, through which you can apply for a PR visa like the Express Entry Program, Provincial Nominee Program, etc. As a permanent resident, you can live, work or study anywhere in the maple country for 5 years. After 3 years you can apply for Canadian citizenship.

What is a Canadian Spouse Visa?

Canada Spouse visa allows you to sponsor your spouse/ common-law partner to become a permanent resident of the country. 

Getting a Canadian spouse visa is one of the fastest ways to settle in Canada as a permanent resident. The spousal sponsorship program is a sub-category under Family Sponsorship Program. This sub-category allows PR holders or Canadian citizens to sponsor their spouse's application to become permanent residents. Fiancés are not applicable under this category. Candidates are bound to prove the legality of their marriage.

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Who you can sponsor as a dependent?

You can sponsor the following relations for a dependent visa:

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  • Spouse or common-law partner or conjugal partner
  • Dependent children below the age of 21
  • Parents or grandparents
  • A child you adopted outside Canada while you held Canadian citizenship or PR
  • Your family members like a brother, sister, niece, nephew, uncle, aunt, or other close relatives

What is the minimum requirement to become a sponsor?

For the applicant to sponsor their spouse, partner, or dependent child, they have to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a registered person in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian act.
  • Must prove that they are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability.
  • Must provide for the basic needs of any person who is sponsored.

Some points can make the applicant not eligible to sponsor their spouse, partner, or child and they are as follows:

  • If less than 18 years old.
  • In case the applicant won't live in the country when the persons they want to sponsor become permanent residents.
  • If not a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • If the applicant is a temporary resident, as they are visiting, studying, or working in Canada on a visa or permit.
  • If the applicant's permanent resident application is still in the process.
  • If the applicant does not have enough money to support the sponsored person.

The applicant will not be eligible to sponsor their spouse, partner if they:

  • We're sponsored by a spouse or partner and became permanent residents less than 5 years ago.
  • They are still financially responsible for a previous spouse or partner that they sponsored. This means that they are still bound by the 3-year undertaking to take care of this person.

What are the documents required for a Canada Spouse Visa?

Following is the list of the required set of documents to apply for a Spouse Visa from India:

Documents Required for Canada Spouse Visa

  • Proof of a valid marriage like a Marriage Certificate.
  • Must demonstrate that will live in Canada once the applicant's spouse or common-law or conjugal partner becomes a permanent resident.
  • A signed agreement confirms that the sponsor and sponsored person understand their mutual obligations and responsibilities.
  • The sponsor has to sign an undertaking agreement for providing the basic needs of their spouse or common-law partner.
  • Proof of relationships like marriage certificates, frequent communication (letters, emails, and phone calls), Photos together, or Joint agreements such as lease agreements and/or bank accounts.

What is the processing time for a Canada Spouse Visa?

Once the applicant has submitted their application to the foreign visa office for approval, the average processing time for the application is around 8 to 10 months. 

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Frequently Asked Question

  • For Spousal sponsorship application, what is a common-law partner?

    The common-law partner includes:

    1. Isn't legally married to you

    2. Can be either sex

    3. Is 18 or older

    Has been living with you for at least 12 consecutive months, meaning:

    1. You've been living together continuously for one year, without any longer periods apart

    If either of you left your home it was for:

    1. Family obligations

    2. Work or business travel

    Any time spent away from each other must have been:

    1. Short

    2. Temporary

    When at least one partner chooses to end the relationship, the partnership is considered over.

  • You must provide police clearance certificates when you submit your application package to the visa office.

  • If the immigration office began to process your application, you will be sent an acknowledgment of receipt letter or email with an application number.  There is no acknowledgment sent until the immigration office has opened the application and checked that its complete. The application will be returned if:

    1. It's incomplete

    2. Fees are missing or

    3. Its received after a program is paused, closed or a cap is reached

  • In order to avoid refusal or delays must make sure of the following:

    1. Properly fill out and sign all the application form(s)

    2. Include all documents listed on the Document Checklist

    3. Pay your fees and include your receipt with your application, and

    4. Pay the right of permanent residence fees of CAD $490 upfront, or as soon as you get a letter asking you to do so

  • Sponsor must undertake to provide the sponsored family members with:

    1. Food, clothing, shelter, and other basic requirements of everyday living; and

    2. Dental and eye care and other health needs not covered by public health services available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents



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